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SB End-Of-Year Review: Best Album of 2014

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SB End-Of-Year Review: Best Album of 2014
SB End-Of-Year Review: Best Album of 2014 Written by Camiele On January 6, 2015

2014 can best be defined as the year in which the K-pop industry all but imploded. There didn’t seem to be a whole lot of positives to take away. From domestic abuse to adultery and blackmail; idols leaving their companies to idols passing away, it was a tough year to get through, quite honestly. However, amid all the madness that seemed to cloud K-pop in 2014, the one bright light was the one thing we’re all truly here for: the music. There was some truly incredible work coming from South Korea. It was nigh on impossible for our panel to narrow down the options to just three full-length and three mini-albums. However, there’s one thing we were pretty much unanimous about: the veterans killed the music scene this year, and they’ve got the sales and chart presence to prove it.

7 Actors Who Should Be Leading Men in 2015

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7 Actors Who Should Be Leading Men in 2015
7 Actors Who Should Be Leading Men in 2015 Written by Joyce On January 2, 2015

2014 saw a lot of breakout performances by newly-minted leading men in drama land, with the likes of Im Siwan, Park Seo-joon, and Choi Jin-hyuk proving their worth with the winning opportunities they have been granted with. It’s heartening to see that success comes to those who wait (and work hard), even if a good eye for scripts and a dash of luck plays a huge role in their journey to leading men. Similarly, there are a handful of actors who have been steadily building up their resume with memorable supporting characters, and we hope that 2015 will be their year to take the lead in drama-land. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the six actors with the potential to be leading men.

K-pop Throwback: Eleven Years Since TVXQ in “Hug”

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K-pop Throwback: Eleven Years Since TVXQ in “Hug”
K-pop Throwback: Eleven Years Since TVXQ in “Hug” Written by Joyce On January 1, 2015

Welcome to this edition of K-pop Throwback! On the 26th of December, TVXQ celebrated their 11th anniversary with their career still going strong, which is indeed no mean feat for a K-pop group. For Cassies, TVXQ’s anniversary always holds a bittersweet memory, since the boys have indeed experienced a tumultuous journey to get to where they are now. Even though the boys now coexist as TVXQ and JYJ, it’s comforting to see that all members still fondly look upon their days as five.

Lee Si Young

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Lee Si Young

Name: 이시영 / Lee Si Young (Yi Shi Yeong)
Profession: Actress, model and singer
Birthdate: 1982-Apr-17
Birthplace: South Korea
Height: 169cm
Weight: 48kg
Star sign: Aries
Blood type: B
Talent agency: GnG Production & Management

TV Series

Wild Romance (KBS2, 2012)
Poseidon (KBS2, 2011)
Mischievous Kiss (MBC, 2010)
The Birth of the Rich (KBS2, 2010)
Loving You a Thousand Times (SBS, 2009)
Hateful But Once Again (KBS2, 2009) cameo
Boys Before Flowers (KBS2, 2009)
The Kingdom of The Winds (KBS2, 2008)

The Rise Of Cable In K-dramaland: A Couch Kimchi Roundtable

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The Rise Of Cable In K-dramaland: A Couch Kimchi Roundtable

CABLE VS. THE BIG 3

Rinchan: The three major networks have been around longer and have a far greater audience base. That is why when we look at ratings, we become happy if a cable drama receives 4% because that’s a big success, but if a Big 3 drama earns the same number, then we know it’s in danger of erratic changes or worse, being cut.

Goodange: Yep, the measurement of performance is interestingly different between the major networks and cable stations. “Misaeng,” which started off with a decent 2%-3% ratings, was averaging 7%-8% towards the end of its run, and that’s on par with the performance of KBS’s “The King’s Face.” With that kind of comparable convergence, I don’t think we have to wait long for cable channels to be measured by the same standards as the Big 3.

Say What?! Mishandled Controversies of 2014

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Say What?! Mishandled Controversies of 2014
Say What?! Mishandled Controversies of 2014 Written by Cjontai On December 20, 2014

The entertainment industry will always be filled with controversies and drama, but what cannot always be predicted is the public’s response to them.

2014 played out like an outrageous K-drama — If someone had mentioned the level of crazy that would occur, most of us would’ve probably slept in a cryogenic chamber until 2015.

To be fair, everyone involved is human and prone to fallacy. Issues are bound to pop up because of misunderstandings, but at the forefront of it all, are the companies. In K-entertainment, image extends beyond the physical. It’s about maintaining an illusion of perfection and purity that, quite frankly, is inconceivable.

SB End-Of-Year Review: The Best Dramas Of 2014

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SB End-Of-Year Review: The Best Dramas Of 2014
SB End-Of-Year Review: The Best Dramas Of 2014 Written by Seoulbeats On December 18, 2014

2014 was a year when we saw everything from alien to liars to remakes in the drama-sphere. Export prices for dramas shot up the roof this past year, and it’s a good reminder that the Korean wave is more than just about music and idols, as Korean dramas certainly have their own attraction as they actually appeal to a wider range of audience, young and old. Following up from the mid-year review, the drama fanatics on the team are back to bring you our thoughts and feelings on 2014′s showing.

G-Dragon graces the cover of “Vogue Korea” with his stylish curly hair

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G-Dragon graces the cover of “Vogue Korea” with his stylish curly hair

G-Dragon continues to be a fashion icon as the next idol to pose for Vogue KoreaYG Entertainment released official photos of the fashion icon through their SNS accounts, and revealed two black and white covers of the fashion magazine.

The fashionista poses for the camera wearing a bomber jacket with eye-catching pants, decorated in statement accessories. BIGBANG’s leader was also shown in a white themed outfit, paired with black leather bottoms as he posed next to a model.

BREAKING: Rap Monster Responds to Bobby, All Hell Breaks Loose!

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BREAKING: Rap Monster Responds to Bobby, All Hell Breaks Loose!
BREAKING: Rap Monster Responds to Bobby, All Hell Breaks Loose! Written by Mark On December 17, 2014

Picking up on where we last left off in the idol diss duel drama started by Bobby of iKon, derived from various raps he penned for Show Me the Money 3, Ravi of Vixx had just fired back with a rap of his own, generating mixed reactions. Following Ravi’s timely yet unpolished retort, audiences waited to see if there would be a second respondent, namely from the most prolific rapper called out in Bobby’s lyrics, the leader and anchor of BTS, Rap Monster.

allkpop”s Top 50 K-Pop Songs of 2014: 50-41

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allkpop”s Top 50 K-Pop Songs of 2014: 50-41
From romance scandals to contract dispute between agency and artist, 2014 has been a real roller coaster ride for the K-Pop industry. But even with all the distractions and downfalls, our favorite idols released some of the most eargasmic songs, soothing our wounded hearts.


For this year, our allkpop staff members combed through numerous releases to bring you a list of fifty of the year"s most noteworthy songs. (Note: To be on this ranking, the songs had to be released between the dates of January 1, 2014 to December 15, 2014 for consideration.) The songs are listed based on a combination of level of popularity on allkpop, music chart rankings, music show awards, and staff opinion.

'20 Once Again' Starring Luhan Is Coming To American Theaters In January 2015

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'20 Once Again' Starring Luhan Is Coming To American Theaters In January 2015


(Photo : CJ Entertainment USA )
"20 Once Again" starring Luhan is coming to theaters in the United States on January 16.

CJ Entertainment USA has released the official English poster and U.S. theater dates for the upcoming Chinese language film “20 Once Again.”

“20 Once Again” stars K-pop and C-pop vocalist Luhan along with Bolin Chen, Yang Zi Chan, and veteran actress Grace Geui.

The official trailer for "20 Once Again" was released through Viki. 

Inter-Group Units: The Art of Cross Pollination

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Inter-Group Units: The Art of Cross Pollination
Inter-Group Units: The Art of Cross Pollination Written by Chelsea On December 13, 2014

In November, YG Entertainment promised a string of new collaborations and units through their “Who’s Next?” teasers. The first of these units to debut was Hi Suhyun, comprised of Lee Hi and Akdong Muscian’s Lee Suhyun.

One year after the not-so-successful unit of Lee Hi and Park Bom, YG redeemed itself through the creation of a fun and balanced female vocal unit. “I’m Different” allowed Lee Hi and Suhyun to showcase a more jazzy, playful side to their vocals. The music video also made use of the two female vocalists’ youth as they took on the role of young students with a crush. Overall, the unit is nothing short of endearing. Watching the girls perform with cat ears and flirt with iKON‘s Bobby made the unit youthful, fresh and completely adorable. Even the generally stoic Lee Hi transformed into a personable performer alongside her more emotive label-mate Suhyun.

SB End-of-Year Review: The Best Debuts of 2014

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SB End-of-Year Review: The Best Debuts of 2014
SB End-of-Year Review: The Best Debuts of 2014 Written by Seoulbeats On December 12, 2014

2014 was a massive year in K-pop. Scandals, comebacks and more made this year quite a hefty one for fans — both old and new. The news headlines may at times take fans away from the music, but it is always nice to reflect on the year and remember some of the more positive things to happen.

Similar to our mid-year review, some of the writers at Seoulbeats have chosen their favorite debuts this year. If you find yourself too overwhelmed to sift through the many different groups, idols, and artists, you can read our thoughts on which ones our writers have selected as the best debuts of 2014.

To Err Is Post-Human: VIXX’s “Error” and Cyborg Vanguardism

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To Err Is Post-Human: VIXX’s “Error” and Cyborg Vanguardism
To Err Is Post-Human: VIXX’s “Error” and Cyborg Vanguardism Written by Guest On December 12, 2014

In a slightly quivering network of arms intricately entwined, the six members of VIXX hold formation at the opening of their “Error” choreography. In live performances, their positions are sustained for over twenty seconds, a rare and eerie stillness in a sea of otherwise non-stop dance performances.

Right from the beginning we are brought into VIXX’s cyborg world, a place where disparate parts hold together momentarily, only to break apart and then re-form. At first glance, the cyborg concept seems like another in a series of well-executed sci-fi fantasy concepts upon which VIXX has built their reputation. However, beyond the group’s own commentary of the music video, and the “Error” release (including the MV, song, physical album, teasers, photo shoots, etc.) just being flat-out cool, I would argue that a deeper understanding of the figure of the cyborg will also help in a deeper understanding of the significance of “Error.” Not only does such an understanding aid in its interpretation as a work of art, but it is an opportunity for realizing a different way to think about ourselves and our connections to others.

SB End-of-Year Review: The Best MVs of 2014

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SB End-of-Year Review: The Best MVs of 2014
SB End-of-Year Review: The Best MVs of 2014 Written by Seoulbeats On December 11, 2014

Now that 2014 is coming to a close, it’s that magical time of the year: Time to choose our favorite MVs! The gamut ran wild this year with every concept imaginable coming to the forefront. Whether it involved romantic robots or cloned idols, this year showed no shortage of creativity.

The first half of the year showed a great deal of promise in terms of quality, as our mid-year panelists chose their favorites. In the yearly round-up, a few Seoulbeats writers wracked their brains for MVs that stood out above the rest. Will there be a repeat of favorites, or will others claim a spot among the Best MVs of 2014?

Roundtable: The Award Show Winners and Criteria

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Roundtable: The Award Show Winners and Criteria
Roundtable: The Award Show Winners and Criteria Written by Seoulbeats On December 10, 2014

Welcome to another Seoulbeats Roundtable!

The end of the year always brings typical reviews of the year’s music, news, and any other exciting features. There are also those yearly awards shows where fans repeatedly vote for their favorites or stay up all night watching to see who will nab the most noteworthy award. For 2014, the Melon Music Awards and the Mnet Asian Music Awards are two of such shows that have already come to pass.

5 Things I Loved About “Misaeng” Episodes 15 and 16

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5 Things I Loved About “Misaeng” Episodes 15 and 16

It is the beginning of the end, my friends, whether we like it or not (decidedly not), and that means the drama is going to take steps to resolve plot points and conflicts for our characters as we speed along towards that brilliant opening sequence in Jordan way back in episode 1.

Which means that things will get so much worse for our One International team before they get better.

Character development was at the center of episodes 15 and 16 of “Misaeng” but the stand out this week was really Jang Geu Rae (Im Siwan), who somehow manages to still find worth in the work he does, even when there is an unforgiving expiration date for him at One International. Jang Baek Ki (Kang Ha Neul) finds out about Geu Rae’s past, which finally lets him put aside his jealously and open the door to a camaraderie between peers. Meanwhile, Ahn Young Yi (Kang So Ra) can’t seem to catch a break; not only is she still the target of Chief Ma, but we finally understand that she’s been paying off the debt amounting from her father’s risky business ventures. Han Suk Yool (Byun Yo Han) isn’t fairing much better, finding himself backed into a corner where he can’t win over his boss, and sacrifices who he is in order to survive.

Choi Si Won

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Choi Si Won


Full Name: 최시원 / Choi Si Won
Profession: Actor, singer and model
Nickname: Simba
Birthdate: 1987-Feb-10
Height: 183cm
Weight: 67kg
Blood type: B
Talent agency: SM Entertainment
Education: Hyun Dae High School, Inha University (Physical Education Arts Department)
Languages: Korean, Mandarin and English
Hobbies: Taekwondo, playing drums and playing on the computer
Religion: Christianity (Protestant)
Casting: Starlight Casting System (2003)
KPOP group: Super Junior, Super Junior-M

Girls’ Generation’s Hyoyeon, Beenzino, FT Island’s Hongki and more celebrate Korea’s first snowfall

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Girls’ Generation’s Hyoyeon, Beenzino, FT Island’s Hongki and more celebrate Korea’s first snowfall

Many Korean celebrities delightfully updated their fans through their respective SNS accounts as they witness the first snowfall of the season!

On December 3rd, fans were treated to various updates by their favourite idols’ respective accounts as photos, videos, and other updates pertaining to Korea’s first snowfall were posted.

FT Island’s Hongki started the updates with a video clip of his pet dog playing in the icy sleet and dedicated his posts to his fans saying, “My baby pri…love you^^ #ftisland #leehongki #skullhong.” 2AM’s Jinwoon also documented the event and uploaded a video on his personal Instagram account.

Short and Sweet: Love Cells

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Short and Sweet: Love Cells
Short and Sweet: Love Cells Written by Amy L On December 2, 2014

“I’d actually like it if the world suddenly ended,” muses Ma Dae-choong, and so begins Love Cells.

The series — literally translated as “Dating DNA”– is based off the popular Naver webtoon of the same name that ran from 2010 through 2012. It premiered online on November 3rd and made headlines for receiving more than 4 million views within three weeks of its launch, unprecedented progress by any web drama thus far.